Just 0.5 mile from the High Street of Tisbury, this amazing family home offers flexible living, within 4.7 acres of grounds including an arboretum and tennis court.
Believed to date from 1860, with some later additions, The Gables is a spacious and elegant family home, set in an elevated position overlooking its own expansive and beautiful grounds. The position of the house allows light to flood into most of the rooms and the flexible layout would allow for one wing of the house to be used as a separate annex if required. Entrance is via a lavender-lined gravel path, with stone steps up to the front door, under a pretty porch with a tiled roof.
From the entrance hall, the large dual-aspect drawing room has deep window seats into both bay windows, fitted bookshelves and a fireplace with wood burning stove. Also accessed from the main hall is the dining room, cellar, cloakroom, with original tiled floor, and stairs to the first floor, with principal bedroom accommodation, including three double bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate shower room. Adjacent to the dining room is a utility room and also the kitchen, which has French doors on to the garden and also a back door onto a useful enclosed courtyard. The kitchen has scope for extending into the rear courtyard if so desired, subject to renewing a planning permission (now lapsed). The adjacent sitting room is triple aspect, with French doors on to the garden and a second staircase, accessing two of the bedrooms and a bathroom. Upstairs, in total, there are five double bedrooms, two family bathrooms and a shower room.
Historical Note: The writer Rudyard Kipling's parents lived at The Gables. It is believed that he wrote his novel Kim here and the original illustrations for The Jungle Book were drawn by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling, in the drawing room.
The setting and grounds are a particular feature of this property. The house is approached off a private track, via Hindon Lane, on to a gravel drive, with parking for numerous cars. The timber-framed double car barn, also has an integral workshop, storage bay and log-store. Large, lavender-edged, terraces sit at the south/west end of the property which, as a suntrap, is also planted with some young hornbeam and a liquid ambar tree, to provide some dappled shade. The grounds have been professionally designed and landscaped into a series of garden rooms' defined by yew and beech hedging.
These include a formal lawn, with deep herbaceous borders and a central sorbus tree offering a canopy of shade; a rose garden, overlooked by the summer house; an orchard with a substantial tree fort for children and areas of wildflower meadow, attracting birdlife and insects. The tennis court is bordered with mature hedging, screening it from view. A highlight of the property is the arboretum, planted with maturing indigenous trees, providing exceptional views from the house, across the lawns to the parkland/arboretum beyond.
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To find a large family house with such extensive grounds, so close to the centre of Tisbury, is very rare and I love the historical connection with Rudyard Kipling too - who hasn't read one of his books?!James McKillop